Timberwolves: No way Rubio lands with Knicks

In a perfect world, Knicks brass long have envisioned flamboyant Spanish
point guard Ricky Rubio winding up in the city he wants to be in: New

But multiple sources within the Timberwolves organization guaranteed Rubio will start his career with the club, not as a Knick.

Minnesota brass is convinced that Rubio will play for the club next
season, when his Barcelona buyout falls to $1 million. NBA teams are
able to pay $500,000 for European buyouts, so Rubio would have to foot
only $500,000 of the bill. Continue reading “Timberwolves: No way Rubio lands with Knicks” »

Kobe: Wolves' draft choice Rubio ready for NBA

BARCELONA, Spain – Ricky Rubio has accomplished a lot in his young
career, he just hasn’t shown he’s ready to make the jump to the NBA.

The 19-year-old point guard has already played in an Olympic gold-medal
game, won a European Championship with Spain and led his club team to
the Euroleague title.

But the Spaniard went scoreless in an exhibition game between his FC
Barcelona team and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, falling flat in
his first big opportunity to silence critics after his disappointing
performance in the world championships. Continue reading “Kobe: Wolves' draft choice Rubio ready for NBA” »

David Kahn: No big deadline trades coming

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If the Timberwolves make a trade before the NBA’s Feb. 18 trade
deadline, Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said the
deal would be "modest" and would not involve any of the team’s "core

Based on playing time and productivity, the Wolves’ core players are
forwards Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, Ryan Gomes and Damien Wilkins, and
guards Jonny Flynn, Corey Brewer, Ramon Sessions and Wayne Ellington. Continue reading “David Kahn: No big deadline trades coming” »

Wolves offered Pacers Jefferson for Granger

Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn recently offered
forward Al Jefferson(notes) to the Indiana Pacers for forward Danny
Granger(notes), but was immediately rebuffed, league sources told
Yahoo! Sports.

While Pacers president Larry Bird remains determined to build around
Granger, sources say Kahn has become increasingly dubious on making
Jefferson a cornerstone for the Timberwolves. Continue reading “Wolves offered Pacers Jefferson for Granger” »